Just days after her shocking sex video leaked online, Blac Chyna is fighting another scandal involving a porn performance by a woman she insists isn’t her.
Chyna’s lawyers have reportedly sent a score of cease and desist letters to various x-rated sites that are posting the video and purporting it stars the former stripper.
The new video, which first appeared on Twitter before going viral online, shows a couple having sex. The woman sports several tattoos and shares similar features with Chyna, including body type and skin tone.
The 13-minute video, however, is blurry, making it impossible to determine whether or not the main actress is Chyna.
sex tape showing her performing oral sex on a man leaked online on Feb. 19.
“She’s a mess right now,” a source told Radar after the scandal exploded.
“Revenge porn — posting explicit images without the consent of everyone in those images — is a crime, a civil wrong, and a form of domestic abuse,” blasted Chyna’s lawyer, Lisa Bloom. “It’s also a cruel attempt to slut shame women for being sexual.”
If you think celebrities are immune to pain and heartbreak, you are wrong. The truth is that at the end of the day, they are regular people just like you and me and they all have their share of tragedies. Some of them have lost children which they claimed was due to negligence of some doctors.
Saturday Beats lists some popular entertainers who have had to deal with loss of loved ones, no thanks to the poor Nigerian health care system.
For close to two decades, popular screen diva, Eucharia Annunobi, has succeeded in planting smiles on the faces of millions of Nigerians through her interpretations of various roles. Sadly, on August 23, 2017, the actress had no reason to smile as the cold hands of death snatched her only child from her. Although it was widely reported that the child died due to complications from sickle cell anaemia, in an exclusive chat with Saturday Beats, she revealed that her son’s life was cut short due to negligence on the part of Nigerian doctors.
She said, “My son was a good boy to me, but he was mistakenly killed by the doctor. My son was not supposed to die. He was a very wonderful child. I have been dealt a severe blow but God has been holding me up. God has said that I should not walk by sight but by faith. So I am not looking at the event that has surrounded me. If I begin to look at the event, like Peter in the bible, I would sink instead of walking on water. My son died in my hands because it was a mistake by the doctors. My son is gone physically but not spiritually, so casting blames would not mean anything. People have told me to sue but my faith in God and his spirit and his word that is in me say that nothing happens without God’s consent. So I would prefer that we let sleeping dogs lie.”
No doubt, John Okafor popular known as Mr. Ibu, has carved a niche for himself as a comic actor. In fact, he is so good at his act that mere looking at his face is enough for one to burst into laughter. However, there was nothing funny to the funny man in 2011 when he lost his two-year-old son due to what he called the negligence of the hospital staff.
He told Saturday Beats, “On January 18, 2011, my son fell ill. He was diagnosed with inflammation of the liver. The hospital suggested that he should be scanned. At the same time, I was informed that I could take my son out of the hospital to get the scan done elsewhere. But the same people later declined, saying that everything had to be done in the hospital because he was too weak to be taken outside. After a while, I was told that there was no electricity in the hospital. When I asked if there was no standby generator, they said there was no fuel in it. I offered to pay for fuel only to be told that the man that operated the generator was not around. When I left the place and got back later, the man still had not returned. Then I was advised to write an application and submit to the admin department. That was how my son died. Later, one of the doctors came to me and without even sympathising with me, asked if I could release my boy’s corpse to him so that they could cut it open and use it to teach other medical students. At that moment, I felt like committing murder for the first time in my life. When I told my lawyer what happened at the hospital, he was shocked. He said it was actionable. Due to the severe blow, I received because of the death of my son, I told him that I was ready to take the hospital management to court and sue for $100 million in damages because my son’s death was caused by the carelessness of the professionals whose duty was to save his life. But my lawyer advised me to let go.”
Nora Nkiruka Ugo
A popular American public speaker, Les Brown, once said, “The graveyard is the richest place on earth, because it is there that you will find all the hopes and dreams that were never fulfilled, the books that were never written, the songs that were never sung, the inventions that were never shared, the cures that were never discovered.”
Right now, the late budding actress, Nora Nkiruka Ugo, is housed at a graveyard as her fast-rising career was cut short due to a doctor’s misdiagnosis. On January 30, 2018, it was reported that the actress died of a fatal pulmonary embolism after uterine artery fibroid embolisation, simply known as fibroid treatment surgery. Her trouble reportedly started last year when she was experiencing heavy menstrual flow. She consulted doctors who kept giving her painkillers, unknown to them that the actress had developed a huge fibroid that necessitated an urgent surgery. She reportedly went under the knife to get the fibroid removed only to develop a complication that manifested in form of overwhelming pain and shortness of breath hours after the surgery.
The source said the doctors did everything possible to save her life before she slipped into a coma. She reportedly had respiratory and cardiac arrest before doctors administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation on her. Sadly, when there was no cardiac activity throughout the CPR, it was discontinued after sometimes before she was pronounced dead. An autopsy later confirmed that she died of pulmonary embolism. While expressing her condolence, her colleague, Ruth Kadri, took to her Instagram page and wrote, “You were that girl that made my life change, you were that girl that made me laugh a lot. You were that girl that I got so mad at. You were that girl that was a friend to all. I spoke to you last week. You were the strongest sick person I know. I’m hurt by your death. My head still aches. Wish death was a thing that could be undone.”
Tope, Yomi Gold’s friend
Going by the Instagram post of popular actor, Yomi Gold, on November 7, 2017, it is wise for Nigerians to seek medical assistance abroad. The actor made this call after he lost a friend in a Nigerian hospital due to medical negligence. He made this observation in a video after losing a friend named Tope, who he believed died based on the poor expertise of doctors who handled the procedure. The grieving movie star could not hold back tears as he lamented the sudden passing of the deceased, who died at a young age. The clip saw the actor berating the rate of unskilled personnel in the field of medicine. According to the actor, anyone with a high financial capacity should make a medical trip their preference so as to ensure they receive the best care. In a post, he further wrote, “I am sorry this might get to some professional doctors but who knows the real professional when it comes to visiting those hospitals in Nigeria. My friend is gone because he decided to have his operation done in Nigeria. Too young to depart from us. Tope, this is sad. I pray God should give his families a great strength to hold this down. I love u ore mi atata.”
Source: The Punch
Zimbabwe’s anti-graft agency has reportedly said that the ongoing investigation into Grace Mugabe’s controversially acquired PhD will not lead to the arrest of the former first lady herself.
According to New Zimbabwe.com, the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Committee (Zacc) chairperson, Gordon Nguni said that Grace could have been an “innocent beneficiary of a fraudulent academic degree”.
Grace, whose husband resigned in November under pressure from the military, received the doctorate in 2014 amid allegations she did not study for it.
She was awarded the degree after just months of study. Former president Robert Mugabe was University of Zimbabwe (UZ) chancellor at the time.
Doctorates typically required several years of full-time research and writing.
Nguni said that there was no evidence linking the former first lady to the violation of university regulations.
“There is no evidence to probe Grace. Grace is not a University of Zimbabwe official. She does not know the rules of how people are granted PhDs.
“We are investigating those people who knew the regulations and who fraudulently did whatever they did… we are probing those university authorities who violated university regulations,” Nguni was quoted as saying.
This came amid reports that the anti-graft agency was investigating one of the UZ lecturers, who supervised Grace’s PhD thesis.
Zacc indicated that Professor Claude Mararike faced arrest once investigations were concluded.
“He (Mararike) is under investigation and he faces arrest once investigations have been completed,” Zacc spokesperson, Phyllis Chikundura was quoted as saying recently.
The UZ head Levi Nyagura was arrested also last Friday over the controversial awarding of the PhD to Grace.
Investigators at ZACC said they had arrested Nyagura over the suspected fraudulent awarding of a doctorate to the former first lady.
Lamar Odom is “really happy” for his ex-wife Khloe Kardashian as she prepares to welcome her first child into the world.
The 38-year-old basketball player was married to the ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians’ star from 2009 until their divorce was finalised in 2016, and although they’ve had their ups and downs, he has nothing but well wishes for her as she is expecting her first child with boyfriend Tristan Thompson.
He said: “To tell you the truth, it couldn’t happen to a better person. I was really happy for her. I know if she can take care of a grown man for four years, I know she can take care of a baby.”
Lamar noted that Khloe, 33, already has experience when it comes to being responsible, as she rushed to his side in 2015 following his hospitalisation when he was found unconscious at a brothel.
Khloe had filed for divorce in 2013, but put things on hold after the incident so she could make medical decisions as his wife. She then re-filed in 2016.
Speaking to ‘Access Hollywood’, Lamar said: “She will be [a great mom]. She took care of me for four years, she can take care of a baby. That’s going to be one spoiled a** baby too.”
It isn’t the first time Lamar has spoken about Khloe’s impending journey into motherhood, as he previously said she would be a “great” mother.
He said: “I’m happy for her! She took care of me. She’ll be a good mother, for real. She’s a great woman.”
Despite his heavy praise, Lamar knows it is “over” with the blonde beauty.
He added: “I still got my shorty’s name still on me, her initials still on me. But for no reason. You know what I’m saying? I understand when it’s over, it’s over. When she was with her second or third NBA ballplayer, I could see that.”
Canada’s Kaetlyn Osmond won bronze in women’s figure skating, while Olympic Athlete from Russia Alina Zagitova held off teammate Evgenia Medvedeva in the free program to win gold at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Osmond earned 152.15 points for her Swan Lake and Black Swan routine in the free to bring her total to 231.02. Both scores smash previous personal bests for the 22-year-old from Marystown, N.L., who also earned gold in the team event where she skated in the short program.
The medal is Canada’s 27th of the Olympics, surpassing the previous record of 26 from the Vancouver Games. Osmond, who lives and trains in Edmonton, is the sixth Canadian woman to earn an individual figure skating medal at the Olympics and the first since Joannie Rochette’s emotional bronze at the 2010 Games.
Medvedeva, who skated last, matched Zagitova in the free with 156.65 for her Anna Karenina routine, bringing her total to 238.26. She couldn’t surpass her 15-year-old counterpart, who brought her total to 239.57 following a 156.65 in the free skate set to Don Quixote by Leon Minkus.
Zagitova’s gold is the first of the Games for the Olympic Athletes from Russia, bringing their total to 14 (one gold, five silver and eight bronze.
Gabrielle Daleman didn’t fare as well in the free, falling twice on triple Lutzes and again on a triple loop while skating to Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. She pushed through to the end of her routine before tearing up, earning 103.56 points and an ovation from a supportive cloud that included many of her Canadian teammates.
“It’s just an out-of-body experience when it happens to you,” CBC analyst Kurt Browning said about Daleman, who entered the free program in seventh.
“You start searching for the feeling of jumping and rotating and landing. You search for it instead of allowing it to happen and the harder you search for it, the farther you push it away until you’re skating into a jump and it feels as if you’ve never done this before in your life.”
Daleman ultimately placed 15th with an overall score of 172.46. The 20-year-old from Newmarket, Ont., guaranteed gold for Canada in the team event with her Gershwin routine, scoring 137.14 to secure the title before the final ice dance program even began.
“Nobody for a second is ever going to think it’s because she didn’t try because I don’t know anybody that’s tougher than she is,” Browning said.
Osmond and Daleman will be looked to as leaders of Canadian team that will have to rebuild after these Olympics. Among those retiring are ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, who won double gold in Pyeongchang, three-time world champion Patrick Chan, and two-time world pairs champions Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford, who captured bronze.
“We all know that Gabby Daleman is a much, much, much better skater than the one we saw today,” CBC commentator Brenda Irving said about the reigning Canadian champion.
Osmond almost quit skating after breaking her leg in a training accident in 2014, nailed her long program, landing seven triples jumps. Her only mishap was a slight bobble on a triple Lutz.
Gina Rodriguez suffered from “debilitating” anxiety and panic attacks after taking too much medication for her ongoing struggle with Hashimoto’s disease.
The 33-year-old actress has been battling the disease – a condition in which your immune system attacks your thyroid – for some time, and has admitted her medication for the condition caused her to have crippling bouts of anxiety when it became apparent she was taking too much.
Luckily for the star, she was able to lower her dosage of Hashimoto’s disease medication, and no longer battles the mental health conditions.
She added: “To the core of my being, I know what it’s like to feel like there is no way I can win this, so where do I even begin. [Hashimoto’s] affects so many aspects of your life. I’ve had it for so many years … that rebellion of not taking care of myself can’t exist anymore.
“It is really important for us to be super self-aware. I wasn’t banking on that. I wasn’t like, ‘hey, yeah, let me get a disease that makes me have to be super aware.’ I don’t want to be super aware of myself all of the time.”
The ‘Jane the Virgin’ star credits her boyfriend Joe LoCicero with helping her manage her illness, which can also result in fluctuating weight for the star, meaning she has to watch her diet closely.
Speaking to SELF magazine, she said: “[Mine and Joe’s relationship is one of] respect and kindness, and generosity, and compromise, and sacrifice.
“[He] has really helped me have a healthier perspective on [weight], that stupid number that can destroy us and feel like it’s equivalent to our self-worth. This love is so easy.”
Trevor Noah’s award-winning autobiography Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood will be getting the big screen treatment.
Deadline reported on Wednesday that Academy Award winning actress Lupita Nyong’o will play his mother Patricia in the upcoming film adaption.
The Black Panther actress shared the news on Instagram alongside a picture of her and Noah she wrote: “When I read @TrevorNoah’s “Born A Crime,” I could not put the book down. Excited to announce that I will be starring in and producing its feature film adaptation! #BornACrime.”
Noah reposted the picture saying: “My mom is a powerful woman who could easily be one of the beautiful soldiers in Wakanda. So it’s beyond a perfect fit that she would be portrayed on the big screen by the radiant and regal Lupita Nyong’o. I’m beyond excited.”
The 2016 best-seller centres on Noah’s childhood growing up in post-apartheid South Africa as the son of a white father and black mother.
According to The Hollywood Reporter the film which is still in its early stages will be produced by Noah’s Ark Angel Productions.
The 36-year-old professional tennis star previously admitted had to undergo an emergency c-section when she gave birth to daughter Alexis Olympia – whom she has with her husband Alexis Ohanian – in September last year, but she has now revealed the situation was so dire she almost lost her life just days after giving birth.
She said: “I almost died after giving birth to my daughter, Olympia. Yet I consider myself fortunate. While I had a pretty easy pregnancy, my daughter was born by emergency C-section after her heart rate dropped dramatically during contractions. The surgery went smoothly. Before I knew it, Olympia was in my arms. It was the most amazing feeling I’ve ever experienced in my life. But what followed just 24 hours after giving birth were six days of uncertainty.”
Serena admitted she was plagued by health problems after giving birth including a pulmonary embolism, which is when a blood clot forms in one or more of the arteries in her lungs.
She continued: “It began with a pulmonary embolism, which is a condition in which one or more arteries in the lungs becomes blocked by a blood clot. Because of my medical history with this problem, I live in fear of this situation. So, when I fell short of breath, I didn’t wait a second to alert the nurses.
“This sparked a slew of health complications that I am lucky to have survived. First my C-section wound popped open due to the intense coughing I endured as a result of the embolism. I returned to surgery, where the doctors found a large hematoma, a swelling of clotted blood, in my abdomen. And then I returned to the operating room for a procedure that prevents clots from traveling to my lungs. When I finally made it home to my family, I had to spend the first six weeks of motherhood in bed.”
The tennis superstar then thanked her “incredible medical team” for saving her life.
In a piece written for CNN, Serena said: “I am so grateful I had access to such an incredible medical team of doctors and nurses at a hospital with state-of-the-art equipment. They knew exactly how to handle this complicated turn of events. If it weren’t for their professional care, I wouldn’t be here today.”
The ’99 Problems’ hitmaker picked up the tab for the birthday celebrations of his close friend, Juan ‘OG’ Perez, treating the Roc Nation Sports president and a group of executives to dinner and drinks.
The first stop for the group was Zuma in Midtown, where Jay – who has children Blue Ivy, six, and Rumi and Sir, eight months, with wife Beyonce – paid the $13,000 bill, before they headed off to Made In Mexico in Inwood, spending $9,000 on drinks, including the rapper’s own D’Ussé cognac.
According to the New York Post newspaper’s Page Six column, the remaining members of the group, which was down to six, then ended the night at nearby nightclub Playroom, where the 48-year-old star ordered and paid full price for 40 bottles of Ace of Spades Champagne.
Jay – who owns the Champagne company – was seen handing out bottles of the bubbly to other tables in the club.
His server at the nightspot later posted a picture of the ‘Empire State of Mind’ hitmaker’s bill, which totalled $91,135, including an $11,000 tip, on his Snapchat account.
Meanwhile, it was recently revealed the hip-hop mogul – who already has his own bar chain, The 40/40 Club – is planning to open a fast food chain and has applied to trademark the brand ‘Hovino’.
The application has been made under S. Carter Enterprises, through which the rapper runs various businesses under his real name Shawn Carter.
Documents show the trademark request is International, and covers “Restaurant and café services; carry-out restaurant services; self-service restaurants; catering; serving food and drinks; take-out restaurant services; bar services, pubs; cocktail lounges; wine bars.”
It is not known what type of food Hovino will be serving up, but Jay and his wife Beyonce are known to enjoy vegetarian food.
The couple went vegan for a spell in 2013 and Beyonce, 36, later said: “The benefits of a plant-based diet need to be known. We should spend more time loving ourselves, which means taking better care of ourselves with good nutrition and making healthier food choices.”
Jay-Z opened his high-end sports bar and restaurant, The 40/40 Club, in Manhattan in 2003 and has since expanded the chain to Atlanta, Las Vegas and Brooklyn.
Oprah Winfrey and her The Color Purple director Steven Spielberg have joined a gun control pledge kicked off by George Clooney and his wife following last week’s deadly school shooting in Florida.
Winfrey and the filmmaker have matched the movie star’s $500,000 contribution to the March for Our Lives protest for meaningful gun control, which is set for March 24 in Washington D.C.
The rally is being organized by students from Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where a former student killed 17 people during a sickening shoot-out.
In a statement on her social media accounts, Winfrey praised the organizers of the march, comparing them to the Freedom Riders who rode buses in segregated parts of the United States during the civil rights movement in the 1960s.
“George and Amal, I couldn’t agree with you more,” the media mogul posted. “I am joining forces with you and will match your $500,000 donation to ‘March For Our Lives.’ These inspiring young people remind me of the Freedom Riders of the 60s who also said we’ve had ENOUGH and our voices will be heard.”
Spielberg and his wife, Kate Capshaw, shared similar words of support.
“The young students in Florida and now across the country are already demonstrating their leadership with a confidence and maturity that belies their ages,” they said in a joint statement.
Clooney and Amal’s donation was made in honour of their twins Ella and Alexander.
“Amal and I are so inspired by the courage and eloquence of these young men and women from Stoneman Douglas High School,” Clooney said in a statement. “Our family will be there on March 24 to stand side by side with this incredible generation of young people from all over the country, and in the name of our children Ella and Alexander, we’re donating 500,000 dollars to help pay for this groundbreaking event. Our children’s lives depend on it.”
The actor and human rights attorney are also helping to cover the costs of the event.
Other stars, including Julianne Moore, Amy Schumer, and Teresa Palmer have shared details about the movement on social media, urging followers to get involved.
Additional March for Our Lives protests are also set for other U.S. cities on March 24.
Meanwhile, moviemaker and comedian Judd Apatow has donated $1,000 to a recovering victim of the Florida high school shooting’s get well fund.
Judd has handed over the cash to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Anthony Borges, who was shot multiple times while attempting to save others during last week’s mass shooting.
The teenager is stable after he was shot in both legs and his back as he attempted to close and lock a door to keep gunman Nikolas Cruz from firing at his classmates, according to a post on his official GoFundMe page.
More than $400,000 has been raised so far.
Zimbabwe’s ex-president Robert Mugabe is reportedly not going to have his regular extravagant birthday celebrations this year despite the 21st of February being declared a public holiday.
Born on February 21, 1924, Mugabe trained as a teacher and taught in what was then Rhodesia and Ghana before returning home to join the guerrilla war against white-minority rule.
He became prime minister after Zimbabwe attained its independence from Britain in 1980. He later became president in 1987.
Mugabe was, however, removed from power last year, following a military takeover that led to President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s inauguration in November.
Mugabe has held several lavish birthday parties over the past decade across the southern African country.
The hundreds of thousands of dollars spent on the festivities provoked outrage each year, given Zimbabwe’s fragile economic situation.
But, according to NewsDay, this year, the ruling Zanu-PF party’s youth league has said that Mugabe’s birthday will be a l,ow key event.
Acting Information minister and Zanu-PF spokesperson, Simon Khaya Moyo confirmed that there would not be public celebrations this year for the veteran politician.
“It is a youth event. The youth have said they will clean-up the cities. But the party will send its well wishes and a cake. It is a day we treasure and we revere the former president,” Moyo was quoted as saying.
It was not clear whether the former president was part of the process, with suggestions he had snubbed his former party colleagues.
The leader of Zanu-PF’s youth league, Pupurai Togarepi, last month said that the party would continue to honour the deposed leader.
“Since February 21 has been declared a national holiday, we are taking advantage of that day to honour Mugabe. As youths, we will embark on charitable work as well as spend some time with the former president. We want to have a cake and share with him. This, for us, will be a small event unlike previous ones,” he said.
Reality TV star Kourtney Kardashian is contemplating freezing her eggs in case she decides to add to her family at a later date.
The Keeping Up with the Kardashians regular already has three young children with her ex-boyfriend Scott Disick, but the 38-year-old is thinking about taking fertility precautions to give herself options in the future, should she choose to give her kids another sibling.
In a preview of the next episode of the family reality show, Kourtney shares her plan with her sisters Kim, who recently welcomed her third child via a surrogate, and Khloe, who is currently pregnant with her first child.
“So, I’ve been thinking about freezing my eggs,” she shares, as a shocked Kim responds, “Are you serious? You want another kid?”
“I should just do it so I don’t have to think, ‘Is this what I want, to have (more) kids?’” Kourtney explains. “It’s like, putting too much pressure (to decide that now).”
Her remarks are unlikely to come as a surprise to fans as she has long gushed about her love of motherhood and the pregnancy process.
Kourtney also didn’t rule out having another baby with Scott during the season 14 premiere of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, which premiered in October, even though she ended their nine-year relationship in 2015.
“I feel like I would if the situation was right,” she said at the time. “But that doesn’t mean, like, tomorrow, guys. So don’t get any ideas.”
The former couple shares sons Mason, eight, and Reign, three, as well as five-year-old daughter Penelope, but the exes have both moved on romantically – Kourtney has been dating model Younes Bendjima for over a year, while 34-year-old Scott has been in a relationship with Lionel Richie’s 19-year-old daughter Sofia since September.
Warner Bros. Entertainment UK have been stoking the fires of excitement for their upcoming video game adaptation
movie, Rampage, with the release of a brilliant new trailer. In it, we see leading actor Dwayne Johnson as Davis Okoye, doing his all to stop the monstrously big creatures that are causing havoc from being destroyed. You can check out the teaser below:
Gorgeous CGI and a lot of action are coming the way of fans with this future release, and the film looks like it could be going a long way in breaking the video game movie curse. A lot of the time when video games are adapted for the big screen, they fail to light a fire in the bellies of those watching. You’ve just got to take a look at the responses to last year’s Assassin’s Creed to see how hard filmmakers and actors have to work to ensure their video game movies are a success.
Rampage sees Johnson in the role of a primatologist who keeps people at a distance, and instead shares his closest bonds with animals, especially the extraordinary silverback gorilla George, who’s been in his care since birth.
When a rogue genetic experiment goes wrong, the ape is turned into a rampaging beast, and it soon becomes clear that other animals throughout North America have been affected. Destroying everything in their paths, Okoye is forced to team up with a discredited genetic engineer to come up with an antidote, all whilst running through a battleground where the stakes are higher than ever.
Halting a global catastrophe is their goal, but the lives of all of the animals is also at the forefront of Okoye’s vision for the future.
Director Brad Peyton works from a screenplay by Ryan Engle, Carlton Cuse, Ryan J. Condal and Adam Sztykiel, with Engle providing the story for the script to be written off. The film also stars Naomie Harris, Malin Akerman, Jake Lacy, Joe Manganiello, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, P.J. Byrne, Marley Shelton, Breanne Hill, Jac Quaid and Matt Gerald.
The central players in the state capture project – the Gupta brothers and Duduzane Zuma – are out of the country.
Travel records obtained by City Press’ sister newspaper, Rapport, show Duduzane left the country on January 18 on an Emirates flight to Dubai, where he owns a R17 million flat the Guptas bought for him, according to the #GuptaLeaks.
The same travel records show that eldest Gupta brother Ajay left South Africa on February 6 on a flight to Dubai and has not returned on either his Indian or South African passports.
Last Tuesday, Rapport took a photograph of him climbing out of a helicopter at the family’s Optimum coal mine in Mpumalanga. His travel records show that he had landed in the country earlier that day and, hours after he was photographed, left the country again on an Emirates flight.
Duduzane Zuma left just days before the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) sent him a letter asking him to supply them with reasons as to why he should not be prosecuted for culpable homicide.
The charge relates to the death of Phumzile Dube on the M1 highway in Sandton, Johannesburg, in February 2014. His Porsche crashed into the minibus she was travelling in. After an inquest, the NPA decided that Duduzane should not be prosecuted in connection with her death, but that has since changed.
Last year, advocate Gerrie Nel, head of civil rights group AfriForum’s private prosecuting unit, applied for a certificate of non-prosecution on behalf of the Dube family, so that they could pursue a private prosecution.
National Director of Public Prosecutions Shaun Abrahams has since done an about-turn and informed AfriForum this week that he is reviewing his decision.
In a letter Abrahams sent to Zuma on February 2, he asks him to supply reasons he should not be prosecuted and to send them to him by the end of March. AfriForum head Kallie Kriel says they are overjoyed at the decision.
“This is a victory for the Dube family, Gerrie Nel and AfriForum, but also for everyone in the country who is fed up that former president Jacob Zuma, his friends and his family have managed to duck prosecution because of the protection that the NPA offered them,”
A senior NPA official told City Press this week that former president Jacob Zuma is in the NPA’s firing line. A decision to prosecute him is expected to be reached by Friday.
“He will definitely be charged and no one will protect him. He is vulnerable and he won’t survive all the charges. He has messed up big time,” the official said.
The Gupta family’s power was officially broken this week as the Hawks raided several of their properties, including their sprawling compound in Saxonwold, Johannesburg. But the Guptas had long gone and Ajay Gupta has officially been confirmed to be a fugitive.
Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi would not confirm the other suspects they were looking for by name, saying only they were “looking for two suspects of Indian descent who are definitely abroad”.
However, other sources within the unit confirmed they want to take Atul and Rajesh in for questioning.
The Times of India reported that Ajay and Atul Gupta attended a Hindu ceremony in their hometown of Saharanpur, India, on Wednesday. Subsequently, sources in India told Rapport that Ajay and youngest brother Rajesh are expected to attend a wedding in India this weekend.
According to the Hawks, Ajay Gupta’s lawyer, Ahmed Gani, made an agreement to have him in the dock of the Bloemfontein Commercial Crimes Court on Thursday, but he didn’t pitch up. Gani declined to comment.
Also not in court were Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane and ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule, who loom large in the draft indictment against the Gupta family’s employees, who appeared in the Bloemfontein Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.
City Press has learnt from a senior source in the security cluster that “no politicians are targets” in the Vrede dairy farm investigation.
However, another senior source close to the probe hinted that they may be in the Hawks’ sights after all.
“Any arrest of any politicians will take place during phase two of the investigation. We are just tying up some loose ends,” he said.
One of the accused is Seipati Dhlamini, Zwane’s current chief of staff, who was chief financial officer of the Free State agriculture department at the time it was looted and when Zwane was its MEC.
The draft indictment provides insight into Zwane’s involvement in the project, as well as that of his former boss and Free State premier Magashule.
“The idea for the [dairy] concept … was that of the MEC of the Free State at the time, Mr Mosebenzi Zwane,” the document states.
“On June 15 2012, the MEC for agriculture contacted the MEC for finance to request that an urgent payment of R30 million be made to [Gupta-owned company] Estina and that the provincial treasury expedite the payment on the same day. This payment of R30 million was made at the time when the provincial treasury did not have the required amount available and there were concerns about the signed contract.
“The contract between Estina and the Free State department of agriculture was referred to the legal services in the office of the premier in the Free State for advice and, on June 19 2012, it was stated that the procurement process was not followed and that therefore the contract may be invalid.”
The project went ahead regardless.
The eight accused in the dock are former and current chief executives of Gupta-owned companies, including Oakbay boss Ronica Ragavan, her predecessor Nazeem Howa and Ashu Chawla.
Since the Hawks confirmed that Ajay is a fugitive, the Hawks have been inundated with calls from the public, said Mulaudzi.
Since yesterday, there have been rewards offered of R1.8 million for anyone who could apprehend the Guptas.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger is heading to the White House to play the U.S. President in a feature-length sequel to the cult short film Kung Fury.
The Terminator action hero and former Governor of California has joined the cast of actor/director David Sandberg’s new movie, which will also feature Michael Fassbender and David Hasselhoff, who had a cameo in the 2015 original.
The Kung Fury short followed Sandberg’s titular character, a 1980s police detective in Miami, Florida, who discovers he possesses extraordinary kung fu powers after being struck by lightning and bitten by a cobra.
The project, which was partly funded via an online campaign, was designed to pay homage to the martial arts and police action movies of the 1980s, and featured Hasselhoff singing the True Survivor theme tune.
With over 40 million views online, it became so popular, Sandberg announced on Monday he was making a big screen follow-up. The sequel will be set in 1985, when Kung Fury’s Thundercops police force disbands after losing one of its own, making way for a mysterious villain to rise and embark on a mission to help Adolf Hitler, known as Kung Fuhrer, to take hold of a powerful weapon, according to according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Sandberg will also serve as one of the producers on the movie, alongside KatzSmith Productions’ David Katzenberg, Seth Grahame-Smith, and Aaron Schmidt, who worked on the hugely successful It remake last year.
Kung Fury 2 is being shopped to distributors at Germany’s Berlin Film Festival, which kicked off on Thursday.
Production is set to take place in Europe and the U.S. this summer.
Jennifer Lawrence no longer has anxiety about taking on risque roles after starring in her new spy film Red Sparrow.
The Hunger Games star previously admitted she felt awkward about filming a sex scene with Chris Pratt for the 2016 film Passengers as at the time, he was still happily married to actress Anna Faris.
“It was going to be my first time kissing a married man, and guilt is the worst feeling in your stomach,” she previously said. “And I knew it was my job, but I couldn’t tell my stomach that. So I called my mum, and I was like, ‘Will you just tell me it’s OK?’ It was just very vulnerable. And you don’t know what’s too much. You want to do it real, you want everything to be real, but then… That was the most vulnerable I’ve ever been.”
However, Lawrence has since gone nude for her new movie, Red Sparrow, and explains she now has more confidence about stripping off.
“I don’t have the same fear and insecurity in that one specific area that I used to,” she tells Entertainment Tonight. “So you know, I’m always gonna take on roles for the same reason, you know, the character speaks to me and the director and the story. But I’m no longer gonna let that be a factor in my decision making.”
She also reveals she grew a little too comfortable with her nudity on set.
“Everybody made me feel so comfortable that I probably, at a certain point, started making everybody else uncomfortable,” she smiles. “Because I’d be like, ‘I don’t want the robe. I’m hot. I’m eating.’ Everybody’s like, ‘She needs to cover up’.”
Nollywood actress, Victoria Inyama, has cried out over alleged domestic violence by her husband, Mike Okri.
In a Facebook post on Wednesday, she revealed that she had to call the Police to rescue her.
She also alleged that she has been mentally and physically abused and has endured this for long, claiming that her husband has refused to divorce her.
“What’s on my mind hmmmmmmmm. Happy to be alive, healthy, getting better, brighter, standing up for myself, regardless of the demon in human form that I have to deal with.
“The bondage is sickening and all his legal antics. They say the law is fair but not when he manipulates it like he does.
“He has a live -in- lover and still won’t divorce me! He assaulted me yesterday and for the first time, I called in the police for him,” the actress wrote.
Victoria Inyama got married in 2003 to Okri and they have three children together in the UK.
Source: Daily Post
Justin Bieber brought a smile to his girlfriend Selena Gomez face by treating her to a romantic dinner on Valentine’s Day, following her two-week depression and anxiety treatment program.
The Hands to Myself singer checked into rehab to deal with her mental health problems in 2016 and it was reported earlier in February that she had completed another program.
On Wednesday, Selena put her issues aside as she attended an Ash Wednesday church service in Beverly Hills, California before heading out for a late-night dinner date with Justin.
Last week, Selena opened up about her depression and anxiety battle in a new interview for Harper’s Bazaar with actress Katherine Langford, the star of Gomez’s hit Netflix drama 13 Reasons Why, and revealed she fears she’ll always be battling her demons.
“I’ve had a lot of issues with depression and anxiety, and I’ve been very vocal about it, but it’s not something I feel I’ll ever overcome,” she admitted. “There won’t be a day when I’m like, ‘Here I am in a pretty dress – I won!’
“I think it’s a battle I’m gonna have to face for the rest of my life, and I’m OK with that because I know that I’m choosing myself over anything else.”
However, Justin will be by her side as she continues to work through her issues.
“Justin was one of the first people she saw when she got out of rehab,” a source previously told Entertainment Tonight. “He was very supportive of her taking care of her health. In the past, it was always Selena pushing Justin to take care of himself… Now, it’s his turn to push her to take care of herself.”
The ‘Rack City’ hitmaker may have gone his separate ways from the ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’ star – who has since welcomed daughter Stormi into the world with her partner Travis Scott – but he insists they still talk “here and there”.
Speaking to DJ Akademiks and Nadeska Alexis on the Everyday Struggle show, he said: “You just get older, you get me? It was a relationship in front of the world, and that was it. She has her new life, I have my new life and that’s it. There’s no bad blood, no problems. We communicate here and there.”
Meanwhile, Kylie had previously opened up about her split from Tyga, admitting she was too “young” to be in a serious relationship.
She said: “There was absolutely nothing wrong with me and T. We’ll always have a bond. There was no crazy fight. We decided, well, I decided, that I’m really young. I don’t want to look back in five years from now and feel like he took something from me, when he’s really not that type of person … The hardest part about having a relationship for me is just that it’s blasted all over the internet. You have to hear about other people’s opinions on who you’re with. It’s a lot. Most of the time it’s just not true. Like you have no idea what I’m like in a relationship, what kind of bond I have with somebody else.”
South Africa’s film board has banned an Oscar short-listed movie from family cinemas after complaints over its depiction of homosexuality.
“Inxeba” drew some protests for showing the relationship between two young men during traditional initiation rites but had been showing in theatres throughout most of the country.
But the Film & Publication Board has now reclassified the film so that it can be shown only in “designated adult premises.”
The film board says the complaints received from traditional leaders “were largely based on the perceived cultural insensitivity and distortion of the Xhosa circumcision tradition.”
The movie was South Africa’s official entry for the Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film.
The country’s top opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, says it “strongly condemns” the decision.
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